|By Virtualization News||
|January 6, 2009 04:45 PM EST||
“In this newly created role," said VMware’s President and CEO, Paul Maritz, "Tod brings unique skills and capabilities that will help us improve our operational focus and enhance our execution across all areas of the business." He made the comment as VMware announced that Tod Nielsen had joined the company and been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. Nielsen will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maritz.
Tod Nielsen (right) with SOAWorld Magazine editor Sean Rhody during a visit to SYS-CON Media offices.
"With Tod on board, I will be able to devote more of my time to the product strategy and development," Maritz said, "while Tod focuses more on business, marketing, and operations. Having worked closely with Tod in the past, I know that we will work effectively together and complement each other.”
Nielsen, 43, joins VMware from Borland Software Corporation where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer since November 2005. Prior to Borland, Nielsen held several key executive management positions at leading software companies including Microsoft, BEA and Oracle.
VMware is an impressive company that is in the enviable position of giving customers a significant return on their IT investment which is becoming only more important in these challenging economic times,” said Nielsen. “As an admirer of the company’s strong track record of software innovation, I’m excited about working with my new colleagues at VMware to help our customers truly transform the way they manage their IT resources.”
Nielsen brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in enterprise software and application development to VMware. Prior to Borland, Nielsen served as senior vice president, marketing and global sales support for Oracle Corporation. Prior to Oracle, Nielsen was the chief marketing officer and executive vice president of engineering at BEA Systems, where he had overall responsibility for BEA’s worldwide marketing strategy and operations, as well as all research and development operations. Nielsen joined BEA after the acquisition of his private company, Crossgain Inc., where he served as its chief executive officer. Nielsen also spent twelve years with Microsoft Corporation, in various roles, including general manager of database and developer tools, vice president of developer tools, and, vice president of Microsoft’s platform group.
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